Professor Peter Cserne

Professor Peter Cserne
Professor Peter Cserne
Professor Peter Cserne

dr iur, MSc, LLM, PhD, dr habil, FHEA

Personal Professor

Accepting PhDs

Email Address
Office Address

Taylor Building Room C32

King's College



AB24 3UB

United Kingdom

School of Law


Péter Cserne joined the University of Aberdeen as a reader in law in June 2020. He was promoted to Personal Chair with effect from August 2022.

He is the Law School's Director of Postgraduate Research. 

A lawyer and economist by training, he has published widely on jurisprudence, comparative law, contract law and the history of legal and political thought.

Péter earned his Ph.D. at the University of Hamburg, Germany. He has held visiting positions at Columbia, Oxford, Toronto, and Genoa Universities, the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Private Law. In 2022 he was a fellow at the Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study. He is an Extramural Fellow of Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and the founder and convener of MetaLawEcon, an international academic network for research on the foundations of Law & Economics.  

Before joining Aberdeen, Péter taught at Northumbria and Hull Universities in England, Tilburg University in the Netherlands, and Pázmány Péter Catholic University in Hungary.


  • PhD Law 
    2008 - University of Hamburg 
  • Dr habil Law 
    2016 - University of Debrecen  
    Habilitation or venia legendi is a post-doctoral qualification required for a professorship.

Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships

member of University Postgraduate Research Committee

chair of Law School Postgraduate Research Policy Committee

member of Law School Research Committee

member of Law School Education Committee

External Memberships


Prizes and Awards

Best thesis award, European Master in Law and Economics, 2004


Research Overview

  • jurisprudence
  • law and economics
  • contract law from comparative, philosophical and economic perspectives
  • private law theory
  • history of political and legal thought, especially Max Weber and Central and Eastern Europe

Research Areas

Accepting PhDs

I am currently accepting PhDs in Law.

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.

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Accepting PhDs

Research Specialisms

  • Comparative Law
  • Private Law
  • Jurisprudence
  • Intellectual History

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.

Current Research

  • nudging and behavioural interventions as regulatory techniques
  • new technologies and algorithms as objects and alternatives of regulation by law


2010– MetaLawEcon research network (founder and convenor, with F Esposito, A Stojanovic, F Figueroa Zimmermann)

2015–9 Law and style: Conceptualising ‘style’ in law and legal scholarship, with Viktor LÅ‘rincz and Miklós Könczöl (Institute for Legal Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences)

2016–8 Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer democracy, and the rule of law, with Jörn Reinhardt (University of Bremen)

2009–12 Convergence and Divergence of National Legal Systems: coping with the challenges of globalization, project leader Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University), funded by The Hague Institute for Internationalisation of Law


My current supervision areas are: Law.

Past PhD supervision

David Bull: An Assessment of the Effectiveness of Standard Form Contracts in Business Transactions, University Hull (2019)

Jan Broulík: Economics in Legal Decision-Making, Tilburg University, Netherlands (2017)

Funding and Grants

  • 30.000€ Hamburg Institute for Advanced Study, 6 months funded research fellowship and teaching buyout, Jan to June 2022
  • 3480€ Bucerius Law School, Hamburg (with Hans-Bernd Schäfer) for international conference on “Economics and Philosophy in Private Law Theory”, 5–6 July 2019
  • 3250€ European University Institute (EUI), Florence (with Fabrizio Esposito) for international conference on “Economic Law and Economic Theory: Defining the Domain of “Law and Economics”, 12–13 December 2018
  • 5000€ University of Hamburg “Competence Centre Sustainable University” (with Jörn Reinhardt) for international conference on “Sustainable consumption: Information regulation, consumer behaviour, and the rule of law”, 7–8 September 2017
  • 4500€ University of Amsterdam, Paul Scholten Centre and Centre for Law and Economics (with Bas Schotel) for international conference on “Law and coercion: the role of public and private enforcement in law”, 10–11 December 2015
  • 1.600.000 HUF stipend for 4 months visiting fellowship, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Legal Studies, Budapest, Oct 2015– Jan 2016
  • € 7500 ZiF (Centre for Interdisciplinary Research), Bielefeld, competitive grant for conference organization, 2012


Teaching Responsibilities

Course coordinator:

  • LS2536 Introduction to Comparative Law 
  • LS2540 Comparative Law II: The Romano-Germanic Tradition 
  • LS552K Comparative Contract Law for International Transactions
  • LS50R1 Advanced Research Skills for Postgraduate Researchers

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Books and Reports

Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings

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